Nuclear Legislative Working Group (NLWG) Meeting Nov. 2019| Nashville, Tenn.


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NLWG Meeting in Conjunction With Intergovernmental Meeting

NLWG held its fall meeting on Nov. 19, 2019, at the Lowes Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. The meeting was held in conjunction with the larger Intergovernmental Meeting with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Nov. 20-21. Participating intergovernmental groups included:

  • Nuclear Legislative Working Group
  • Energy Communities Alliance (ECA)
  • Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)
  • National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • State and Tribal Government Working Group (STGWG)

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019


  • Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Ill.), co-chair
  • Representative John Ragan (R-Tenn.), co-chair
  • Kristy Hartman, NCSL

Orientation to NLWG and the Intergovernmental Meeting

Discussion With DOE’S Office of Environmental Management

This session provided the NLWG and DOE-EM with the opportunity to discuss priorities for EM’s cleanup mission, ways in which the NLWG can support EM’s efforts, and how EM may accomplish priority goals with current funding and resources.

  • William (Ike) White, senior advisor for the Office of Environmental Management
  • Betsy Connell, associate principal deputy assistant secretary for regulatory and policy affairs, EM 
  • Jeff Griffin, associate principal deputy assistant secretary for field operations, EM
  • Mary Kruger, director of regulatory, intergovernmental and stakeholder engagement, EM

Key Messages From the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy

This session provided an overview of priorities, projects and new developments from the OE’s Office of Nuclear Energy.

  • Madeline Lefton, senior advisor, Office of Nuclear Energy | No Presentation

Where Nuclear Fits Into the Clean Energy Future

This session examined the role of nuclear power in delivering a clean energy future. Discussions surrounding decarbonization have focused largely on renewable sources of energy, but states have started to take a broader view of how to achieve ambitious carbon-reduction goals in the coming decades. Speakers looked at why nuclear power is getting renewed attention, how the nuclear industry is positioning itself and the policies that could lead to a new wave of nuclear power development in the U.S.  

  • Brett Rampal, nuclear team manager, Clean Air Task Force | Presentation
  • Steve Clemmer, director of energy research and analysis, Union of Concerned Scientists | Presentation

Economic Impact and Workforce Development

This session examined the impact of the nuclear industry on local economies, along with how states are positioning themselves to benefit from nuclear projects and promote workforce development. Workforce development is a vital issue across the energy sector, with concerns over the availability of qualified workers to replace the coming large-scale retirements of technicians, builders and operators. This session explored the challenges and the ways in which policymakers can ensure their states can produce enough skilled workers to fill positions in the nuclear field.

  • Jim Campbell, president, East Tennessee Economic Council | Presentation
  • Justin Maierhofer, vice president for external affairs, Tennessee Valley Authority | No Presentation
  • Tim Griffin, executive director, Energy, Technology and Environmental Business Association | Presentation

DOE’s Priorities for Intergovernmental and Stakeholder Engagement

This session offered an opportunity to discuss the DOE’s intergovernmental and stakeholder engagement and how the department solicits and considers input from the many parties who are interested in and affected by the DOE’s work, including state, local and tribal governments, as well as special interest advocacy and industry groups.

  • Michael Pasco, director of intergovernmental and external affairs, Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs | No Presentation

State and Federal Legislative Update

This session examined recent state action and discussions before Congress on issues surrounding nuclear power and waste.

  • National Conference of State Legislatures staff
  • Baker Elmore, director of federal programs, Nuclear Energy Institute | Presentation
  • Christine Csizmadia, director of state government affairs & advocacy, Nuclear Energy Institute | Presentation

Meeting adjourned.